Unipres T Level Pilot Proves to be a Success

This academic year, Sunderland-based automotive manufacturer, Unipres (UK), has supported an Engineering T Level pilot programme.

Working alongside local school St Robert of Newminster in Washington the company has provided 45 days’ work experience to three 6th form students.

T Levels are new qualifications coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year programmes have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

Unipres is very much engaged with new initiatives, particularly around School Engagement, STEM and Apprenticeships. Unipres were recognised for this earlier in the year when they were awarded the School Engagement award at the annual North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) awards.

Robb Dodds, Apprentice Coordinator at Unipres said of the T Level pilot programme: “It’s been a great experience for Unipres and we hope that these young people are getting something out of it and they go on to have a great career. We can see the benefits of T Levels, even to the extent of how we might change the way we go about our Apprenticeships in the future.”

Callum Wardle, T Level Student from St Robert of Newminster School said: “My overall experience has been very positive after shadowing engineers in different departments and then choosing the Quality Assurance department to do more focused work.

“I would highly recommend the T Level qualification because being in college and sixth form it is very theory based so coming to Unipres and getting some hands-on experience within the company has been really beneficial for my future in engineering.”